Escape rooms are harsh environments for props. We are consistently working hard to help address these problems. As you may know, we entered this industry as an engineering company and so we tend to solve problems from that perspective. We are not limited by thinking about what we can buy off the shelf, repurpose, or adapt. When necessary, we create something new and design it to meet the requirements and specifications we think a product needs. And the Indestructible Knob was born through this process.
Dear Escape Game Owners, Congratulations! You have joined the latest entertainment craze by running an Escape Room! So many things to do. Find a location, deal with inspectors, marketing, and oh yeah, build your escape rooms! Starting a new business is a tough enough venture by itself and everyone comes at it from different angles.
As the Escape Room industry has evolved, technology has been a key driver in creating higher quality and automated experiences. While Gen 1 games with all locks and keys have a retro feel, they limit the immersive experiences ER operators want to create to serve their market demand. There are a few major ways technology has contributed to the ER experience and prop construction has been a key factor.
RFID and escape games seem to go hand in hand. The appearance of magic and automation goes a long way into the overall quality of the experience, as opposed to combination and code locks which may not fit your story line. Learn about our AEI FX1000 and AEI FX200
Ok, to be fair, it’s not the reed switches fault. They get put into situations that are far less than ideal for them to live in their glory. Yes, they can be very reliable in well-defined environment like a reed relay and or other well controlled switching equipment, but put them in an uncontrolled environment of a live escape game, then we have problems.
The escape game industry has made great use out of small development platforms like Arduino and Raspberry Pi. The biggest problem with them for entry level users is that you need to build a support board, or rig up wires and prototype boards to control the world around them, unless you are lucky enough to find the perfect "shield" for your application. Anidea Engineering has created the AEI FX300 to address many of these problems. It is a ready to go prop controller targeted for the escape game industry. It is everything you need to control the game, and reward, for many small to medium sized electronic props.